Football is to Fall…

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Football Saturdays at Ohio State are notorious, especially if you live at Fisher Commons – notorious for tailgating, traffic and tons of fun!

Although I have a degree from another Big Ten school (Go _ _ _ _ eyes!) I was never a huge football fan before coming to Fisher. In fact, I can’t say that I’ll be leaving school as a huge fan either. But what I can say is that I have had a lot of fun partaking in all that the football festivities have to offer.

The Wisconsin game a few weeks back was a particularly excellent event (despite getting stuck in traffic for 30 minutes trying to drive the 2 blocks it should take to get from 315 to Fisher Commons).

We ate kettle corn, drank Fat Tire (a personal favorite and generous gift from a most favorite out of state visitor), wore Buckeye necklaces, listened to tunes and played corn hole…

And just before heading over to the ‘Shoe – in toast to the game we were about to attend – I had one of the best new liqueurs I have tried in a long time: Domaine de Canton. Another product currently not distributed in Ohio, I picked up a sample bottle at Tales of the Cocktail this summer in New Orleans. Domaine de Canton is a ginger liqueur with a very rich and satisfying mouth-feel and endless possibilities for cocktail development. Once I am able to procure more of exotic elixir I’ll definitely be including a new recipe for this product in a future blog post.

And by the way… that other Big Ten school won its game last weekend and is coming to visit in November.  Go Bucks! (err, Go _ _ _ _ eyes!)

Creepy Ghouls, Ghosts and Goblins!

This Friday the Graduate Human Resources Association (GHRA) planned a social event to go to Terrorfest, a huge and very creepy haunted house in the Brewery District of Columbus and then go out after in the Gateway (a section of High St right off of campus).  I was really excited because our class hasn’t done a whole lot of out of class bonding.  Well…I was excited until I remembered what exactly a haunted house entails…creepy people, strobe lights and screaming.

I decided to suck it up and go.  We had about 26ish people go, a mix of first years, second years and friends and significant others.  Somehow…I don’t know how.. I ended up being at the front of our group (the worst place ever!) with Samantha, a second year who I work with.  We were pretty brave for the first 2-3 minutes or so, but then you kind of get tired of people jumping out at you all the time so we rotated back to the middle of the group 🙂

We all made it through the entire haunted house, chainsaws and all and I was actually surprised at how fun it was.  I started talking to the people who were scaring us and laughing and it was a very good bonding experience for everyone.  We all then drove back to the Gateway and went out to Ugly Tuna, a bar/restaurant.  The food seemed good they had a bunch of fun margarita drinks and it seems like it gets a pretty good crowd!

Overall it was a really good night and fun to do some out of class bonding and get to know some of the second years better as well.  They are such a good resource to ask about classes and interviews and companies and they are willing to share anything you want to know.

So thanks to Lauren Griffith and the rest of the GHRA social chairs/committee for organizing the event it was fun!!

(for pictures check out LaToya’s MLHR blog she was the smart one who remembered her camera!)

Wilco and studying for my first midterm

Last night I went to the Wilco concert at the Wexner Center. I was fortunate enough to get seats in the second row and it proved to be one of the best concerts I’ve seen in a while. They played a good mix of old and new stuff and it all sounded great. Unfortunately, the show didn’t end until about 11:45 PM so I was very glad that I planned ahead and did my reading for class before I went to the show. You can read reviews of the show here and here and look at pictures here.

Now that we are in the 4th week of the quarter, things are starting to get a little stressful. I have my first midterm on the 20th and another midterm and a project due each of the weeks after that. Saturday I am heading to South Bend, Indiana for the Notre Dame – USC football game so I am planning on studying for the test most of the day on Sunday. I have kept up with most of the assignments so I am hoping that I won’t have to do too much cramming.

In other sports, the Blue Jackets are 4-1, their best start in franchise history! Unfortunately, I don’t get to watch a lot of their games this quarter because of class but I am very excited about their prospects this season after the fast start. If you are a sports fan, you need to try and get down to a game.

Below are a few pictures from the Wilco concert. They were taken with “T-bone”‘s iPhone since I forgot to charge the camera’s battery.

A case of the Mondays

Yesterday was one of the busiest days I have had so far in the program. Below is a description of how it became hectic along with how well it ended.

Sunday night

2:13 am: The Phillies have just won game 3 of the NLDS against the Rockies, a game that had me on the edge of my seat most of the time, and the rest standing with my Phillies fitted hat and Ryan Howard jersey on clapping and talking to the TV. So now that the game is over, and having no chance at falling asleep, I am able to finish the last three pages of the case study that we had to read to be prepared for our Organizational Behavior class (one of my favorite) at 8:30 am. At around 3 am I tuck myself under the sheets, leaving the blinds open so I don’t oversleep.

Monday

6:50 am: I proceed to wake up before my alarm and start to get ready for the day. I don’t plan on being back until later in the evening due to some events I am scheduled to attend so eat a hearty breakfast (raisin bran crunch), pack a snack for the time between classes, gather my books and head off to the bus at around 8.

8:14: The campuscabs_bus bus finally makes it. I walk out of my building about two blocks past the law school to a stop where the Campus Loop North bus picks students up about every 8 mins. Since I was the only one there, I must had gotten there right after the last bus came.

8:30: Organizational Behavior begins. I am wide awake but physically tired. I never drink coffee, and never had but I may need to if I keep this schedule up.

10:18: Class is over, we had a great discussion about financial incentives that had a lot of class participation. This is what makes it fun. I grab my snack and off to Accounting which starts at 10:30.

10:40: The lights are low. The power point is up. We are going over Cash flow statements. I feel my eyes getting heavy.

11:00: Nope I didn’t fall asleep, but I got a little energy boost from my yogurt and I am back to running on all fours. The topic isn’t the most interesting but I make sure to have the slides on my laptop along with a word doc open to take notes in. This makes the class a little more interactive to me.

12:18: Accounting class is over but I need to RUN to the Center of Real Estate for a meeting with my adviser (I work in the Center of Real Estate as a teaching assistant for an MBA level Real Estate class and also on projects that the Center is working on). I debate running to Subway first and bring a sandwich with me but I decide not to. Even though my adviser and I get along really well, I didn’t want to make him wait for me.

1:20: I leave my meeting and run to a small deli behind the architecture school across the street. I proceed to eat my chicken wrap as I walk back to Fisher. Very impressed I was able to eat it without getting anything on myself since it was a little messy.

1:30: I get to my Enhanced Professional Interchange Class. Although I am starting to get exhausted from all of the running around this class is not your typical MBA class. It is a class that teaches you presentation techniques. The teacher keeps the class very involved with people coming to the front often to work on techniques. Next thing you know the class is over

3:18: I head to the grad lounge to relax for a few mins. I had signed up for a discussion held by the MBA Finance Club that featured  William M. Issac, former chair of the FDIC which starts 4:oo.

5:00: For the last hour we had a discussion about the recent economic crisis and also a short history lesson about some of the factors that contributed to it. Mr. Issac was very interesting and I was surprised how informative the session was and how much I learned. But no stopping now. Off to my Fisher Professional Serves Conference call.

5:30: I meet with my group for ProjectOne, the initial project for a for profit student run consultancy program. We huddle around a phone for the next half hour and listen to a VP from a Fortune 500 organization explain the project and some of the uses of what we will be asked to help create a plan for. After the call my group decides to start thinking of some ideas over the next week and bounce them off each other via e-mail. Now I get to head home

6:07: Phillies Hat? Check! Phillies Jersey? Check! Sitting on the couch after a long day about to watch an amazing game 4 win over the Rockies to take us to the NLCS? Priceless!Phillies

Autumn: apples

Fantastic fall foods for feasting...Last weekend a small group of Fisher students went out to a local apple orchard to pick apples and rejoice in the fall.  Of course, it is impossible to capture the beauty of that day (especially after a series of cold, rainy days), but what I can tell you is that it was picture perfect in every way!

Lynd’s Fruit Farm is an orchard and in my opinion, a “general fall extravaganza” in Pataskala, OH, just north east of Columbus.  It was a little difficult to find at first, but after a short drive we arrived to an intersection of orchards and kettle corn in the beautiful Ohio countryside.

Malika and Rob kicked the morning off right with a tour of the big tent filled with fall decorations, squash, gourds, cider tastings, jams and preserves, honey and fruit butters, and of course… a diverse selection of apples. Once out in the orchard, Scott and Ryan sought out the very best from each tree and enlisted Elsie in the process. TEAMWORK!

Malika and RobScott, Ryan and Elsie picking apples

As the morning drew to a close and the afternoon was quickly upon us, many had team meetings and projects to get back to…  Fortunately, I came home with Honeycrisp apples, spaghetti squash, apple cider and mulling spices, and another wonderful memory of good times with my Fisher friends. Today’s beverage of choice – Lynd Farm’s Apple Cider… delicious!The Author - Melissa

Kid’s story: “Home”, sweet “home”

Timeline: Sunday, 10:53 p.m.

I see: the pile of readings due tomorrow

I hear: my neighbor, as usual, moving things around in her kitchen

I smell: freshly brewed, top-of-the-line gourmet coffee (drool…)

I feel: sleepy yet satisfied

First off, I am VERY happy to be back in my apartment.

No, wait, I think that should go last. Let me start over…

This weekend I was in Minneapolis, MN, for a job fair. Despite it being the main purpose of my trip, I will share very little of the job fair itself, other than the fact that I’m looking forward to 45 seconds of conversation to make worthwhile the circa 72 hours that I spent there.

The city of Minneapolis is a place where I hadn’t been before. I must say that the first enlightening thing that I brought back from the trip is a renewed appreciation of the Columbus weather. I mistakenly assumed that, as has been true of most of my previous, non-FCOB related trips, the location of the event would be my hotel, hence making it unnecessary to go outside. I never asked, but I was never told otherwise either. Given that the dress code for the event was business formal, packing could not be as light as I would have liked in the first place, so I didn’t consider taking a coat, gloves, hat or anything similar.

The city greeted us with a whopping 6°C which quickly faded away and we never saw again, as the high forthwith was 3°C and didn’t hesitate to go quite a few times into the negatives. Oh, the horror of having been brought up in tropical weather and wearing barely a scarf in those conditions…

A second enlightening thing I brought back was that ignorance is seldom bliss, and it certainly wasn’t in this case. Minneapolis has a many-miles-long skyway system that interconnects most of the buildings in its downtown area (including among many others the Marriott and the Convention Center, both of which comprised my useful area), thus eliminating the need to go outside. Needless to say, I didn’t know that, and apparently some of the people in my group did know that it existed but not how to use it. The upside is that I spent only my first day in ignorance and henceforth refrained from wondering “hm, are there no pedestrians in this city?” by simply being where they actually were.

Third: strong cold temperatures will erase parts of your memory, so the lesson is that next time I go partying where there are Jägermeistern served by either MH or JC, I will take a cab and not walk for 20 minutes back to the hotel. Yes, I do blame the cold for that; enough said.

Now I can get back to my original point: I am VERY happy to be back in my apartment (still my “home”, not yet totally my home). Sharing a hotel room with two strangers (men) is not so appealing; for some reason, they didn’t like the fact that I take an hour in the shower in the mornings. Also, although the job fair was useful and I had tons of fun (including seeing Alejandro Fernández in a private concert he gave for us attendees; oh, yes, it happened and oh, yes, I did go a bit crazy), I am staring now at a big pile of homework (i.e. reading) and housework (i.e. cleaning) that just didn’t manage to get done without me here.

Next time, I’ll double check the necessary clothing for trips, take some readings with me, and do something about the memory loss thing.

“Write it, get it, paste it, save it, load it, check it, quick rewrite it…” – Daft Punk

I have less and less free time

Tomorrow will be the fifth time we meet for class and things are starting to pick up. I have my first MBA 870 midterm on October 20th and my team is in the process of picking a project for MBA 812. Not only that, but work has been very busy and my social calendar is very busy this month as I have stated before. In order to get my work done, I am going to need to make it over to the library for a few hours on Saturday and Sunday morning.

Friday through Sunday I have the Italian festival. I am 0% Italian but my condo is literally inside the festival grounds and so I always have friends and family over that weekend to eat, drink and have fun. Sunday night I am going to see comedian David Cross who some of you might know from Mr. Show with Bob and David or Arrested Development. As of this writing, tickets are still available.

Monday night I am going to see Wilco at Mershon Auditorium. If you are a fan of good independent music, you need to keep an eye on the Wexner Center’s website for upcoming shows. I have seen a lot of great bands there over the last few years. There are still a few tickets available for the Wilco show as well, but I am guessing that it will probably sell out before Monday.

If you do decide to go to the Italian Festival this weekend, you can get 50% off of admission if you bring this flyer provided by Experience Columbus. Sunday afternoon I will post pictures from the Italian Festival for those of you that may be interested.

Much Ado About Nothing

Welcome back everyone. We’ve got a considerable amount of material to cover and, as always, I am pressed for time. Therefore, I am going to utilize bullet points:

  • Hitting the deck seems to have been a theme for me this past week. On Saturday, myself, JF, MF, and MH met at the ARC to play some basketball. For those of you who have met me, you know I don’t exactly have a basketball build. For those of you have haven’t, be creative. This was also the second time I touched a basketball since sometime in high school  (Lebron, watch out, I’m coming for ya). After playing some knockout and a couple of 2 on 2 games, we all were a little tired and sweaty. However, as business students always looking for a challenge, we tried to find some people to play us 4 on 4. Apparently, undergraduates are afraid of us at the ARC – wouldn’t play us.  Little did they know we are all old, out-of-shape graduate students. After this, we simply returned to play another 2 on 2 game – and the plot thickens. During this game, as I was changing direction, I heard that unmistakable pop, made an unforgettable face, and fell to the ground. There was no laughing this time. I sprained my right ankle pretty good. So I apologized to my friends for bailing early, limped home, applied pressure, iced it, and popped some painkillers. Thankfully, I was feeling good enough to make it out for Saturday night celebrations as the chauffeur, the always popular fedora and all.
  • I signed up for the Vietnam Emerging Market Field Study class and put down the deposit. This a 4 credit hour course for the winter quarter and ends with a ~10 day trip to Vietnam to solve some business problems and briefly immerse one’s self in the country. I can’t wait!
  • Football – Purdue blew their lead over Northwestern and now has a 1-4 record. It’s practically like being a Brown’s fan at this point…
  • Football –  OSU rolled over Indiana. Well done.
  • Football –  St. Xavier High School defeated their arch-rival Cincinnati Elder on Friday night. Yes, I know I am a graduate student but I definitely still follow my high school’s football team. Don’t judge me.
  • Football – While watching the Bengals – Browns game I heard Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing” being played in the stadium before the beginning of overtime. Do I even need to explain this one?
  • Fisher Professional Services – Project One kick-off was today, free lunch and all – NOT pizza. FPS is a student organization that sets FCOB apart from almost all other business schools. If you are a prospective student reading this, you really should check out their website.
  • MBA860 – Professor Inks asked if we had “hit our stride” yet. I knew precisely what he meant. I know for myself, I have not been asked to perform at this level since my undergraduate days. Early mornings and late nights are common. Tons of reading. Student organizations to get involved in. Information Sessions. Career management meetings. It’s a lot of work, but as the FPS 2nd years told us later in the day, it’s manageable. “We are all survivors of what you are going through. You’ll look back and realize how much fun you had.”

“In time the savage bull doth bear the yoke.” – William Shakespeare

-NWF

Why Fisher?

Kumar, Fan & Robyn in the lounge
Kumar, Fan & Robyn in the lounge

So I am sitting in the Fisher student lounge with a few of my fellow classmates after an excellent discussion in our Economics class about supply & demand curves and how it relates to Organ donation. Sounds boring but trust me it got heated. So I have a few hours to kill between an MBA Intro Real estate class I am a Teaching Assistant in (a little bit more about that later) so I figured I would let you in on a little bit about myself and why I chose Fisher.

I was born and raised in Philadelphia, went to the University of Arizona originally to study business but found Regional Development, a major that focused on economic development and land planning, to be more interesting. While in college I had a few internships with different real estate companies and found that I really enjoyed real estate development. After college I worked in Phoenix for two different real estate firms but decided to move back to Philadelphia to work for a commercial real estate private equity firm that focused on industrial real estate. Have I lost you yet? So after working in Philadelphia for the last year and a half and after the real estate market/stock market crash, I knew I always wanted to go back to school for an MBA and figured that now was the perfect time to take two years out of the workforce.

In evaluating schools I looked at the top 30 list and took off the schools I either thought I couldn’t get into and places I didn’t want to live. I was also focused on programs that had some type of real estate focus. My list was narrowed down to five schools, USC, OSU, ASU, Wisconsin & University of Florida. After going through the application process and visiting my top choices (USC, OSU, ASU) I was able to really find why Fisher was perfect for me.

My interview day at Fisher was long, just as long as all the other interviews but what stood out was the time the people took to help answer questions after I had left. After meeting professors that had been recruited from HBS and Booth, I was thoroughly impressed with the teaching faculty and the level of participation in the classroom visit during a first year strategy class. As I was on the way to the airport I had multiple e-mails from people I met throughout the day asking what else they could do to answer questions as well as a voice mail from the Director of the Center of Real Estate (which i am now a TA & Graduate Assistant in), Ken Gold. Obviously not only did this impress me but it gave me the feeling that Fisher wanted me and valued me.

When it came down to it all of the schools I looked at had great programs in Real Estate but what stood out were the people at Fisher. The atmosphere here is unlike any other. People are supportive, not competitive, friendly, not awkward and most of all everyone is really smart! The caliber of student I have met here is higher then any other info session I attended at all the other schools I applied to.

So the group I was sitting with just left to head to a Deloitte info session and I have some time to kill but I see some of my other friends from class at another table. I think I’ll join them before tonight’s weekly social event.

-JB

This week’s top five

  1. Quote:  “You look like a vampire”, which I said to NLM. The funny thing was that I actually thought he’d bite me.
  2. Event: 80’s Night, at the FC. Thanks to MT for putting that one together and to NF for getting me to go.
  3. Fact: JB was denied entrance to Gaswerks because he was wearing parachute pants.
  4. Best class: Economics. Prof. Campbell is the only teacher we’ve had so far who wrote a class agenda on the board.
  5. Lesson: my academic life has a lot of catching up to do, because right now my social life is overwhelmingly more interesting.

“So you like to dance!” – John Digweed